Certification is cool, opens the door to new companies, positions , maybe to the better roles,you can proud that you have CCIE, JNCIE and so on.
Cisco , Juniper , HP, every major companies have certification program and network training is a big business. We all know that !
Have you ever asked yourself, Do you really need Network training ?
I receive this question quiet often.
Orhan , What is your advice, which network training I should take ?
Which network training company would you recommend ?
Let me tell you my training story as a student.
I attended only two network trainings in my entire career.
First one was CCNA and the second one is CCIE Routing and Switching, of course CCIE RS was after many years than CCNA.
When I started to the CCNA course, trainer allowed me to access to the switch CLI through telnet, wow !
I was felling like I am a part of a team which builds rockets !
Cool , I finished CCNA training , now I can go to my company and start to configure something new out there !
Where will I test all those things otherwise !
I had even learned How to create a VLAN !
Although the company which i worked had tons of VLANs , I couldn’t miss the opportunity to create one more VLAN and assign my switch port to it !
All are good, right?
But the problem I had no idea why I would do that ?
Why VLANs really need to be created in the first place ?
After couple of years, I decided to take a CCIE Training, same story would be starting over again.
I used to think that I am achieving big things ! Two , three, even ten router in a topology.
I could create a topology with ten routers, less than an hour I could configure all the routing protocols, give host name to them , you name it !
I could even redistribute two routing protocols and prevent routing loops, choose optimal path ( Although I was not learning what does optimal path mean )
I couldn’t wait to redistribute full BGP routing table to OSPF in my company !
This is the truth ! I would do that without regret but I didn’t know that I should search for a job before redistributing full BGP table into OSPF !
I was not told how it can be dangerous because we were so busy with configuring OSPF , creating route-maps …
The question i should have asked WHY do I need to redistribute BGP into OSPF ?
Why I should create multi level IS-IS topology, rather than configuring ‘ L1 ‘ or ‘ L2 ‘ links.
Why should I use EIGRP or OSPF in DMVPN topology ?
Why I pay money for Network training to configure something ?
Why still they steal my time to teach RIP, Ah yes it is in the some blueprints !
I don’t want to configure something in the class, teach me how to build a topology on GNS3 in couple hours, then I go to home and configure what I want , How long I need.
Let’s use our time in the class much more effective !
Teach me the reason, don’t make me configuration junkie !
So, I don’t say that you shouldn’t attend to Network training but make sure How they teach those technologies.
IF you can use the online or in person training class, to verify what you configured at home, to learn what you couldn’t understand, to get an answer your real life networking challenge. Only then;
NETWORK TRAINING WORTHS TO SPEND MONEY and TIME !
So, Do you think that network training should be received from the company or blogs, books , videos are good enough ?
Share your insights in the comment box below !